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Quito (AFP) – A ship carrying diesel fuel sank off one of Ecuador’s environmentally sensitive Galapagos Islands on Saturday, officials said.
State oil company Petroecuador said the ship sank off Santa Cruz Island, without specifying how much diesel it was carrying or how much may have spilled.
The Galapagos National Park has confirmed the sinking of the ship called the Albatroz.
As part of a contingency plan, containment booms were set up around the crash area to control the spill, the company said.
The ship’s four crew members are safe and sound, he added.
Located in the Pacific about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) off the coast of Ecuador and famous for its giant tortoises, the Galapagos is a protected wildlife area and is home to unique species of flora and fauna.
The archipelago was made famous by British geologist and naturalist Charles Darwin’s observations on evolution.
The Galapagos Marine Reserve, in which industrial fishing is prohibited, is the second largest in the world. More than 2,900 marine species have been reported in the archipelago, which is a natural World Heritage Site.
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